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Discover the Paradise Coast’s best finds for local and organic food.
If you’re looking to dine out in South Naples, Naples or Marco Island area, forget the boring steak and potatoes that used to be the Naples norm. Today, the Paradise Coast is a dining mecca, packed with innovative chefs, eclectic flavors and fresh, locally-sourced, organic foods. One of the benefits of these dining establishments is that though the food may be upscale, when it comes to attire, casual is king and sandals are de rigueur.
Here are some of our top choices for local fare:
Sea Salt – Venetian chef, Fabrizio Aielli, sources organic and local produce, wild caught seafood, poultry and naturally raised meat to create innovative, contemporary specialties with a focus on seafood. Chef Aielli uses 130 different types and flavors of salt from around the world to add an innovative and unique touch to his menu. The atmosphere here is convivial and casual, with a pet-friendly patio and a casually elegant interior, decorated in the colors innate to the beach and the sea.
Osteria Tulia – Guests can dine al fresco and watch the constant parade of people strolling by on busy Fifth Avenue South or sit inside and enjoy the warmth and character of the farmhouse chic interior. The rustic Italian menu is filled with flavorful, fresh favorites created with locally-sourced ingredients, like Brussels sprouts caramelized with house-made fennel sausage, Sicilian meatballs with pine nuts and currants, tortellini with braised beef short ribs and delicious meats cured in-house.
The Local – A popular farm and sea-to-table restaurant, they specialize in locally-sourced ingredients. The restaurant’s signature dishes are designed to be fresh and healthy, with recipes derived from Chef Jeff Mitchell’s European travels, his Italian grandmother and his favorite family recipes. The result is a creative menu that changes daily according to what is in season. The casually rustic dining room features wood plank floors, white wainscoting, retro warehouse lamps and an antique white chandelier.
Old Marco Lodge Crab House – If you have a craving for fresh, local seafood, head to the waterfront in Marco Island and enjoy the local catch—and the incredible view. They specialize in crab—including locally trapped blue crab, which they serve a myriad of ways, in soup, crab cakes and more. They also feature Florida’s spectacular stone crab claws and shrimp. An added plus—they have live music to enjoy with your crab!
Food and Thought – When you’re looking for a quick bite or some healthy foods to take home, stop by Naples’ 100% Organic Cafe, Juice Bar, Grocery & Clothing Store. This unique establishment offers organic soups, sandwiches, salads, breakfast items, fresh juices, real milkshakes, coffee, homemade baked goods, groceries, herbal supplements, beauty products and clothing. Their staff is both friendly and knowledgeable regarding all things organic. This fabulous find has a relaxing courtyard and is committed to building a community dedicated to sustainability.
Summer Day – Marco Island’s popular all organic market and café offers a haven for healthy eaters. In the café, you will find all organic fruit, juices, vegetables, herbs, bread, wraps, cheeses, meats, condiments and dressings. And with delicious sandwiches, homemade soups, smoothies and salads, this is as fresh as it gets. After you eat, head to their market for a wide selection of healthy treats. If you’re gluten free, this is a must stop, as they have an enormous selection of gluten free products.
Three60 Market – For the best grilled cheese sandwich in Naples, look no further than Three60 Market. This premier waterfront destination features a top selection of artisanal cheeses, wholesome food, and a world-class wine program. To top it all off, the staff will always welcome you with a smile and enthusiastic greeting every time you walk through the door.
If you thought the Naples area was old school, think again. These and so many other forward-thinking chefs have changed the area’s dining scene for the better. So get out and get eating. What you find is sure to be as healthy as it is delicious. Naples Reserve models are open daily for tours at 14885 Naples Reserve Circle in Naples. Call 239-732-1414 or or online at www.naplesreserve.com.